And those destined for captivity, to captivity."' 3 "I will appoint R773 over them four kinds of doom," declares the LORD: "the sword to slay, the dogs R774 to drag off, and the birds R775 of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. 4 "I will make R776 them an object of horror among all the kingdoms of the earth because of Manasseh, R777 the son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
5 "Indeed, who will have pity R778 on you, O Jerusalem,
Or who will mourn R779 for you,
Or who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?
6 "You who have forsaken R780 Me," declares the LORD,
"You keep going R781 backward.
So I will stretch R782 out My hand against you and destroy you;
I am tired R783 of relenting!
7 "I will winnow R784 them with a winnowing fork
At the gates of the land;
I will bereave R785 them of children, I will destroy My people;
They R786 did not repent F160 of their ways.
8 "Their widows R787 will be more numerous before Me
Than the sand of the seas;
I will bring against them, against the mother of a young man,
A destroyer R788 at noonday;
I will suddenly bring down on her
Anguish and dismay.
9 "She who bore R789 seven sons pines away;
Her F161 breathing is labored.
Her sun R790 has set while it was yet day;
She has been shamed R791 and humiliated.
So I will give R792 over their survivors to the sword
Before their enemies," declares the LORD.
10 Woe R793 to me, my mother, that you have borne me
As a man R794 of strife and a man of contention to all the land!
I have not lent, R795 nor have men lent money to me,
Yet everyone curses me.
11 The LORD said, "Surely I will set R796 you free for purposes of good;
Surely I will cause the enemy R797 to make supplication to you
In a time of disaster and a time of distress.
12 "Can anyone smash iron,
Iron R798 from the north, or bronze?
13 "Your wealth R799 and your treasures
I will give for booty without R800 cost,
Even for all your sins
And within all your borders.
14 "Then I will cause your enemies to bring it F162
Into a land R801 you do not know;
For a fire R802 has been kindled in My anger,
It will burn upon you."
Jeremiah's Prayer and God's Answer
15 You R803 who know, O LORD,
Remember me, take notice of me,
And take R804 vengeance for me on my persecutors.
Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away;
Know that for R805 Your sake I endure reproach.
16 Your words were found and I ate R806 them,
And Your words R807 became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called R808 by Your name,
O LORD God of hosts.
17 I did R809 not sit in the circle of merrymakers,
Nor did I exult.
Because of Your hand upon me I sat alone, R810
For You filled R811 me with indignation.
18 Why has my pain been perpetual
And my wound R812 incurable, refusing to be healed?
Will You indeed be to me like R813 a deceptive stream
With water that is unreliable?
19 Therefore, thus says the LORD,
"If R814 you return, then I will restore you--
Before R815 Me you will stand;
And if R816 you extract the precious from the worthless,
You will become My F163 spokesman.
They for their part may turn to you,
But as for you, you must not turn to them.
20 "Then I will make R817 you to this people
A fortified wall of bronze;
And though they fight against you,
They will not prevail over you;
For I R818 am with you to save you
And deliver you," declares the LORD.
21 "So I will deliver R819 you from the hand of the wicked,
And I will redeem R820 you from the grasp F164 of the violent."
F158: Lit soul
F159: Lit toward
F160: Lit turn back from
F161: Or She has breathed out her soul
F162: I.e. your possessions
F163: Lit as My mouth
F164: Lit palm
R767: Psalms 99:6; Ezekiel 14:14,20
R768: Exodus 32:11-14; Numbers 14:13-20; Psalms 99:6; 106:23
R769: 1 Samuel 7:9; 12:23
R770: Jeremiah 15:19; 18:20; 35:19
R771: 2 Kings 17:20; Jeremiah 7:15; 10:18; 52:3
R772: Jeremiah 14:12; 24:10; 43:11; Ezekiel 5:2,12; Zechariah 11:9; Revelation 13:10
R773: Leviticus 26:16,22,25; Ezekiel 14:21
R774: 1 Kings 21:23,24
R775: Deuteronomy 28:26; Isaiah 18:6; Jeremiah 7:33
R776: Leviticus 26:33; Jeremiah 24:9; 29:18; Ezekiel 23:46
R777: 2 Kings 21:1-18; 23:26,27; 24:3,4; 2 Chronicles 33:1-9
R778: Psalms 69:20; Isaiah 51:19; Jeremiah 13:14; 21:7
R779: Nahum 3:7
R780: Jeremiah 6:19; 8:9
R781: Isaiah 1:4; Jeremiah 7:24
R782: Jeremiah 6:12; Zephaniah 1:4
R783: Jeremiah 6:11; 7:16
R784: Psalms 1:4; Jeremiah 51:2
R785: Jeremiah 18:21; Hosea 9:12-16
R786: Isaiah 9:13
R787: Isaiah 3:25,26; 4:1
R788: Jeremiah 22:7
R789: 1 Samuel 2:5; Isaiah 47:9
R790: Jeremiah 6:4; Amos 8:9
R791: Jeremiah 50:12
R792: Jeremiah 21:7
R793: Job 1:3:1,3; Jeremiah 20:14
R794: Jeremiah 1:18,19; 15:20; 20:7,8
R795: Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:36,37; Deuteronomy 23:19
R796: Psalms 138:3; Isaiah 41:10
R797: Jeremiah 21:2; 37:3; 38:14; 42:2
R798: Jeremiah 28:14
R799: Jeremiah 17:3; 20:5
R800: Psalms 44:12; Isaiah 52:3
R801: Deuteronomy 28:36,64; Jeremiah 16:13
R802: Deuteronomy 32:22; Psalms 21:9; Jeremiah 17:4
R803: Jeremiah 12:3
R804: Jeremiah 11:20
R805: Psalms 44:22; 69:7-9; Jeremiah 20:8
R806: Ezekiel 3:3
R807: Job 1:23:12; Psalms 119:103
R808: Jeremiah 14:9
R809: Psalms 1:1; Jeremiah 16:8; 2 Corinthians 6:17
R810: Psalms 102:7; Jeremiah 13:17; Lamentations 3:28; Ezekiel 3:24,25
R811: Jeremiah 6:11
R812: Job 1:34:6; Jeremiah 30:12,15; Micah 1:9
R813: Job 1:6:15,20; Jeremiah 14:3
R814: Jeremiah 4:1; Zechariah 3:7
R815: 1 Kings 17:1; Jeremiah 15:1; 35:19
R816: Jeremiah 6:29; Ezekiel 22:26; 44:23
R817: Jeremiah 1:18,19; Ezekiel 3:9
R818: Psalms 46:7; Isaiah 41:10; Jeremiah 1:8,19; 15:15; 20:11
R819: Psalms 37:40; Isaiah 49:25; Jeremiah 20:13; 39:11,12
R820: Genesis 48:16; Isaiah 49:26; 60:16; Jeremiah 31:11; 50:34